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Covering all aspects of the city, Show Me Detroit Tours is among the best in town. From folklore to legends, history to architecture, art and landmark, their 2-hour chauffeur driven van tour is intriguing. You can choose the pick up point from their venues in Downtown and Midtown or from certain hotels that they are associated with. The experienced docents will drive you around all the major areas of the town. Get to know Detroit like a local with all its quirks, secrets and trivia. The guides will enthrall you with their anecdote of the Motown and Motor City legacies.
To learn about the interesting and underrated history of Detroit take one of Preservation Detroit's tours of the city. Preservation Detroit offers several different tours of parts of the city. Try a cultural tour of Midtown, a tour of the Eastern Market or an Auto Heritage Tour of the Motor City. These interesting tours are a great way to gain some insight into this unique city.
Feet on the Street offers up various different fun and interesting themed tours of Detroit. Whether you are interested in architecture, history, food or anything in between, if Feet on the Street doesn't already offer it, they can create a custom tour for your group! Most tours involve some kind of local meal or snack, so even if it isn't a food-based tour, you can still get a sample of the local flavor. Feet on the Street has bus tours as well as walking tours.
Servicing Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River, Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters provides a one of a kind experience to all who come aboard. The Infinity is 117 feet (0.0356616 kilometer) long and can carry up to 130 guests, while the larger Ovation is 138 feet (42 meters) long and can carry 300. Each ship is a popular for hosting weddings, birthdays, corporate events and more. Be sure to attend a cruise during their Summer Cruise Series, which is a main draw of the charter company. Each cruise features a different theme (for example, Margaritaville, Motown, or Christmas in July) with accompanying food and music. It's a great way to have fun and tour the Detroit River or Lake St. Clair. Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters docks in several locations; please check the website for further details.
It is just befitting for the former headquarters of Motown Records Corporation to be a repository of this famous label. Motown Museum is an integral part of Detroit's cultural landscape and the country's musical legacy. Chronicling the most reputed African-American record labels in the nation where musical legends such as The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Temptations, Funk Brothers and Gladys Knight became stars, it is a true ode to music that inspired generations of music lovers.
Get to know Detroit by touring the area's rivers, lakes and channels. Riverside Kayak Connection offers a wide range of kayaks you can rent for the day so you can explore the waterways at your own pace. The company also offers fantastic tours. Paddle down the Detroit River with your guide or arrange a custom tour where you can request a tour in German or Swedish. Take a tour and have an adventure!
Tour this peaceful hideaway of automobile magnate Edsel Ford and his wise Eleanor. This 87-acre (35.2 hectare) estate is located on the shores of Lake St. Clair and the house was designed by the renowned architect Albert Kahn. The estate features original paintings by Matisse, Cezanne and more as well as has beautifully landscaped grounds. Guided tours around the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House offer a look at this beautiful manor as well as an interesting history lesson.
Enjoy a free tour of the Morley Candy Factory, where Sanders Chocolates - a Detroit favorite - come from. The tour begins with a video showing the history of chocolate and also of Morley Candies and Sanders Chocolate. See delicious treats being made from the observation walkway. Free samples are available on your way out, and there's a shop where you can buy memorabilia to commemorate your visit.
What started off as a means to help the public transit to different areas in Detroit has now become a full fledged operation that is unique in every way. The brainchild of Andy Didorosi, the fleet of former school buses now decked with graffiti art is not only used as a public transportation, but also for city tours and charters. The Detroit Bus Company has five distinct tours that are offbeat and fabulous. Hop on their buses for rides such as Drunks of Antiquity: The Historic Bar Tour, Detroit Photo Tour: Architecture, Detroit Diner Club: The Historic Eatery Tour and Detroit Photo Tour: Street Art. What's more, you also help a local kid have a free travel to school with your ticket purchase!
Located in the historic neighborhood of Corktown, this popular distillery is known as being the first licensed distillery in Detroit since the Prohibition era. Distilled and bottled locally, Two James aims to further the artisanal craft movement and revitalizing the Detroit community by using locally sourced products in their production, from grains in the liquor to artists for the labels. The tasting room affords visitors a glimpse and a taste of this beloved local product that has garnered citywide attention. Handcrafted cocktails and tasting flights highlight their vodka, gin and whiskey.
During this self guided tour you have the opportunity to experience five separate elements: The Legacy Theater, The Art of Manufacturing Theater, the Observation Deck Tour, the Legacy Gallery, and the Assembly Plant Walking Tour. While you're in the manufacturing plant, you have the opportunity to witness new Ford F-150s being put together from an elevated walkway. Note that actual vehicle production will vary on a daily basis, so if you are set on this portion of the tour please check ahead to make sure you avoid coming on a day when the assembly line is at a stop. All tours begin on the historic grounds of The Henry Ford. Buses depart for the factory every 20 minutes.
Getting any kind of mass transportation up and running is an uphill battle in Detroit. The Detroit People Mover is a start. It was supposed to be the center of a citywide light rail system. Instead, it has remained isolated since it was built in the 1970s as a downtown elevated loop. It's a great way to tour downtown, and it works well as a quick way to skip around the downtown area for business people, shoppers and sports fans. If you wish to look at the city from a different vantage point then get aboard The Detroit People Mover for a thrilling experience.